Going into Saturday's game, we knew that Carlos Gonzalez had a pretty dangerous history against Kevin Correia. Plus, humidify those baseballs all you want, Coors Field is still an extreme hitter's ballpark. So, sure, you might be forgiven for being a bit concerned at seeing Correia take the hill.
As it turns out, Correia did what he's been doing through what is now seven consecutive starts: forcing batters into making poor contact and getting a little help from his defense. Highlights are full of balls bouncing up the infield grass. Charlie Blackmon picked up five hits, three versus Correia with one culminating in the only damage the Twins starter took all day, but that was basically it.
The defensive play of the game came in the bottom of the third. With Blackmon on second and Troy Tulowitzki on first, Justin Morneau's liner bounced off Correia and into shallow right field. Blackmon rounded third, as Brian Dozier reacted, moving to his right to field the ball and throwing home on the run. It was perfect. Eric Fryer took the throw, dropped his right leg in front of the plate, and applied the tag. It kept the score 3-0.
Minnesota's offense came from almost everywhere. Kendrys Morales kicked it all off with a two-run double in the first. Eduardo Escobar didn't realize he'd hit a home run in the third. Correia helped his own cause by doubling down the third base line to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Chris Parmelee picked up his first hit with runners in scoring position this year for a two-run single in the eighth. Kurt Suzuki's infield grounder in front of third base in the ninth somehow brought home two.
The Rockies picked up a pair of runs off of Anthony Swarzak in the ninth but it was too little, too late. Blackmon's perfect day and Gonzalez's effort couldn't overcome the hole Colorado was dropped into by Tyler Matzek and Chad Bettis. The win means the Twins have a chance to head into the break with back-to-back series wins.
- Parmelee is now 1-for-29 with runners in scoring position this year.
- Correia's ERA is 2.30 over his last seven outings.
- It's also worth noting that over his last 11 starts, Correia's ERA is 3.22. In that span his ERA has lowered from 6.80 to 4.61.
- Morales continues to be an opportunistic hitter. He's riding another hitting streak, currently at six games, but in his last four games his hits have brought home seven runs. In 31 at-bats with runners in scoring position he's amassed 16 runs batted in.
NO DUDS TWINS WIN